Saturday, August 17, 2019


Sat, Aug10th 6:30p.m          Tess & Tommy Corbett Anniv
Mon 12th 10am. (No Mass owing to 12 Funeral) St. Attracta  St .  Muredach    
Tues 13th 10a.m. Mass St.  Fachtna,    Ss Pontian, Pope and Hippolytus
Wed 14th 10a.m. Mass  St. Maximilian Kolbe 

Thursday 15th August
 Assumption of the BVM
6:30p.m. (Wed.) S’bridge
10:30a.m. Clonfanlough
6:30p.m. Templeduff Children’s  Cemetery,  Cloniffeen

Fri 16th 10a.m. Mass St. Stephen of Hungary
Sat  Aug 17th 6:30p..m. Our Lady of Knock
Sunday August 11th 10:30a.m.
Kieran & Margaret Egan
Mon August 12th  12 Noon Requiem Mass John (Sean) Rohan (Back Rd., Clonfanlough)
Sunday August 18th 10:30am.
10:30am. John & Agnes O’Shea
CLUAIN CHIARAIN No Mass this week (14th) Next Mass Wed. 21st  August at 7.30pm
BAPTISM PREPARATION Next parents meeting in our pastoral area will be in the Parochial House, Ballinahowen, on Wed. 14th August 8-9p.m.                                  COLLECTIONS Offertory Aug 3-4th €1764 Shrine  €61
ANNUAL PATTERN DAY AT CLONMACNOIS: Takes place on Sunday 8th September beginning at 2.45pm.
YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL - Aug 15th-18th Clongowes Wood College, Kildare. Ages 16-35. Donation only, transport arranged. See for details
 WEST OFFALY TRAINING -  - Are running some great courses over the Summer/Autumn. Kids Irish Speaking Camp 12th-16th August, Kids Computer Camp in Ferbane 12th-16th August, Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 starting 6th September, Working with Autism starting 11th September, Make-up Course starting 10th September, Hairdressing starting 25th September, ECDL starting 23rd September and Afterschool Coding 2nd October. Manual Handling/Abrasive Wheel Training (weekly). Call 057 9152003 for info.

DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO  The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were  11, 17, 19, 24. No jackpot winner. Three match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €8,000 and the draw will be held in Shannonbridge on Monday 12th August
KNOC K DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE will take place on Sunday 1st September this year. It is planned that a Bus will travel from the Parish as usual.  Those interested should give their names to Anne Rohan (086) 8142714 or Darran Finnerty (086) 8776273 as soon as possible.  Costs have been provisionally set at €32 per person which as usual  includes a light breakfast and an evening meal.
CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL in Cluain Chiaráin Prayer Centre on Friday 16th August. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and prayers follow until 2.10am. All welcome. Enquiries to Dave 085- 7746763.
BUS TO KNOCK FOR THE ANNUAL NOVENA - Wed. 14th, Mon. 19th, Wed. 21st August, leaving Belmont at 4.30pm, Banagher 4.45pm, Cloghan 4.55pm, Ferbane 5pm, Doon 5.10pm. For further details call 087 2822522.
COUNTRY JAMBOREE - In Cloghan Sportsfield on Sunday 25th August from 2-6pm. Covered marquee and dance floor. BYOB and food. Tickts €15. All welcome
National Novena to Our Lady of Knock
Begins in Knock Shrine with two sessions daily in the Basilica at 3pm & 8pm; Wednesday 14th August to Thursday 22nd August. Seminars at 12 noon each day. John Bruton, Most Rev Rino Fisichella (Rome), Olive Foley, Bishop Alan Mc Guckian, Dr. John
Feehan, Bishop Kevin Doran, Msgr John Armitage, Carole Coleman, Rev Trevor Sargent,Nollaig O’Muraile, Tom Neary, Archbishop Michael Neary, Fr. Peter Mc Verry
Novena Speakers & Seminars
Wed 14th Aug Speaker :John Bruton
Theme : Faith, Future and Europe
Thurs 15th Aug Speaker : Most Rev. Rino Fisichella, Rome Theme : Mary in the Life of the Church
Fri 16th Aug Speaker : Olive Foley Theme : Family & Faith
Sat 17th Aug Speaker(1) :Most Rev. Alan Mc Guckian,  Bishop of Raphoe Theme What Knock means to me Speaker(2):Dr. John Feehan Theme : God in Creation– learning to read the  Other Book of Revelation
Sun18th Aug Family day at Knock Shrine Speaker(1) : Most Rev. Kevin Doran,  Bishop of Elphin
Theme : A joy that lies ahead of us
Speaker(2) : Msgr. John Armitage, Rector at our
 Lady’s Shrine Walsingham, UK  Mary and the reality of family life
Mon 19th Aug 12noon Seminar : Knock Youth Ministry \Theme : New Shoots Speaker : Carole Coleman
Theme : Motherhood , media and me
Tues 20th Aug 12noon Speaker : Rev. Trevor Sargent Theme : Faith in Action
Wed 21st Aug 12noon 140th Anniversary of the Apparition Speakers : Nollaig ó Muraíle and Tom Neary
Theme : Place, People and the Knock Apparition
Speaker: Most Rev. Michael Neary, Archbishop of
 Tuam Theme : The message of the Knock Apparition  then and now.
Special events on 21st August
12noon Unveiling of the historic model of Knock Village in 1879 at Rest and Centre
3pm Unveiling of the new Processional Statue of Our
Lady of Knock during Mass
7pm Witnesses’ Walk ‘Meeting Heaven at harvest
Thurs 22nd Aug Speaker : Fr. Peter Mc Verry
Theme : Following the dream of Jesus
Seminars : 12noon daily Novena : 3pm and 8pm daily Anointing of the sick : 2pm daily
Further details from
MISSION APPEAL –Fr. Terry Smith (Spiritan  also known as “ The Holy Ghost Missionaries”)  are visiting our Diocese this year. He will speak at both Masses in our Parish next weekend (August 17th/118h).

to all who helped with the organising of the prayers in Clonmacnois Cemetery, PPC members,,Collectors, sacristans, rosary leaders, for all who helped with off road parking (Pat Dillon/Tom Moore) by providing fields and those who stewarded, Johnny Duffy for helping with amplification, Gussy Claffey our cemetery caretaker, the OPW for facilitating us again with the use of this place for our prayer. To the Rural Social Scheme or RSS as we call it participants (John Price/Pat Anderson and Kathleen Norton/John Murphy who coordinates) who do so much to keep the cemetery in top order. This year we had 3 small clean up gatherings with 3 trailers brought away of refuse, discarded plastic pots, Christmas wreaths and so forth. This cemetery is unique in that something like 150,000 people visit Clonmacnois annually and many walk through the Cemetery on the Pilgrim Road to and from the Nuns Church. I commend the efforts of everybody who have their plots so well tended and to the “neighbourly eye” many of you cast on graves of those who may not have any relative to tend to them. We also encourage everybody to bring home all waste from the cemetery whenever you visit – dumping is offensive to the living and disrespectful to the dead
Life for so many of us is full of loose ends. There are things undone, things half done, things put off and things not attempted. No one should ever lightly leave undone a task that should have been finished before night falls. The Gospel today appeals to us not to be caught unawares. The Master could knock on our door at any moment. We are but stewards of what He has given us, not owners. Everything we have is on loan from Him, and at the end we will be required to account for our stewardship, whether we have been watchful or wasteful. The best preparation for the future, then, is a well-lived present. Consequently, death will find us at peace with Him, with our world and with ourselves. When the fateful moment arrives it will be ‘graduation day’ not ‘examination day’. ‘The one who lives life fully is prepared to die at any time’. (Mark Twain)






Saturday, August 03, 2019


Saturday, August 3rd  7:00p.m
Cemetery Mass Clonmacnois
Mon 5th Aug 10 Mass
Tues 6th  10 Mass                         Transfiguration of the Lord                                               
    Wed 7th 10 Mass St Cajetan
Thurs 8th 10 Mass/Service           St Dominic, St Mary MacKillop            
Fri 9th 10am Mass  Mass of Thanksgiving 60th Anniversary of Ordination of Fr. John Killeen [St Teresa Benedicta of the  Cross]
Sat, Aug10th 6:30p.mSt Lawrence
Tess & Tommy Corbett Anniv
  Sunday August 4th 10:30a.m.
Shane Hynes M/M                      Sunday August 11th 10:30a.m.
Kieran & Margaret Mannion     
CLUAIN CHIARAIN Next Mass Wed. 7th August at 7.30pm
WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola Duffy (Clonmacnois) and Darren Dowling Garrycastle)who were united in marriage on Friday 2nd August in Shannonbridge
BAPTISM PREPARATION Next parents meeting in our pastoral area will be in the Parochial House, Ballinahowen, on Wed. 14th August 8-9p.m.                                  COLLECTIONS Offertory July 28th  €738  Shrine  €97  Thanks.
 ROAD SAFETY PRAYER Holy Mother, hear our prayer,
Keep us in your loving care,
Whatever the perils of the way,
Let us not add to them this day.
So to our caution and attention,
We add a prayer for your protection,
To beg God’s blessing on this car,
To travel safely near and far. Amen.

Prayer Awaiting Exams Results

Lord, I give you the anxiety I feel.
I surrender all my worries to you.
Clear my mind.
Calm my heart.
Stilly my spirit.
Relax my being.
May I be satisfied that I did my best May the path I choose in life bring me satisfaction and closer to you Amen

WEST OFFALY TRAINING - Are running some great courses over the summer – Kids Irish Speaking Camp, 12th-16th August; Kids Computer Camp in Ferbane, 12th-16th August and Mucklagh 6th-9th August. Professional Photography through Smartphone TBC and Smartphone Training / Manual Handling / Abrasive Wheel Training (weekly). Call 057 9152003 to find out more.
DIOCESAN MOVES Among the moves of local note. Fr. Aidan Ryan PP Leamonaghan to be Spiritual Director, Irish College, Rome. Fr. Michael Scanlon PP Cloghan/Banagher to retire. Fr. Patrick Kiernan (from study leave) to be PP Cloghan/Banagher, Fr. Pierre Pepper CC Cloghan/Banagher to be CC Athlone, Fr. Mark Bennett CC Athlone to be CC Ck On Shannon. Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan CC Ck on Shannon to  be PP Leamonaghan, Fr. PJ Hughes CC Leamonaghan to be PP Mullahoran, Fr. Joseph Okere  msp CC Longford to further studies and resident priest Leamonaghan.
We thank and wish Frs Ryan and Scanlon a happy and healthy retirement and welcome our new colleagues in our St. Ciaran’s Pastoral area Frs O’Sullivan, Kiernan and  Okere.
SHANNONBRIDGE TIDY TOWNS CLEAN UP Wednesdays 7p.m. All welcome
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO  The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 7, 11, 18, 28. No jackpot winner. Three match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €7,800 and the draw will be held in Doon on Tuesday 6th August
      Shannonbridge:Sat 10th August @6:30 p.m.           
Servers Group 3 Michael C, Rachael C, Paddy R, Cliodhna F, Niamh C
 Reader: Kieran O’Connor
Euch. Minister Marian McManus
 Church Care:Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll, Linda Moran
Clonfanlough:Sun 11th Augustt   @10:30am
Server Group 3, Teagan D,Seán O’S,Callie H, AilishB
Reader: Rita Molloy  Euch Min.:Declan McEvoy
Church Care–  Aug Marian Devery/Ann Kelly

Quietly, peacefully, may they rest in peace
Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease,
enfold me, Lord, in your peace.
Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease,
There is a Place
There's a time for remembering, a time to recall
The trials and the triumphs, the fears and the falls.  There's a time to be grateful for moments so blest, The jewels of our memory where love is our guest.
 There is gold that is gleaming in a past we once knew,  In our tears and our laughter, 'twas love brought us through.  There's a road we have travelled where sunlight has kissed,  That carries us onwards when loved ones are missed.
There is treasure in our fields, There is treasure in our skies  There is treasure in our dreaming from the soul to the eye  For where-ever we gather in the light of God's grace And for all whom we remember, there will ever be a place
There's a promise of God that is written in the stars, For all who may travel, no matter how far.
 God will be your companion, each journey you make In the shadow of loved ones, to lighten your way.
In the quiet of the evening, at the close of the day, We will rest on the journey, to the Lord we shall pray.  May we thank God for blessings, for the moments we've shared, As we seek for tomorrow, close by us you'll stay.
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;When other helpers fail and comforts flee,Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;Change and decay in all around I see—O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Mullanakill Children’s Cemetery, Clonlyon Glebe  Mon August 5th @7pm
-Templeduff Children’s  Cemetery,  Cloniffeen Thursday , August 15th @ 6:30p.m
We ask those attending to bring a bottle of holy water so that  as a people we can ask God’s blessing on the resting places of our loved ones. Just as they blessed us by their lives -we can together as one people return that prayer to them.

Since we last gathered at     Clonmacnois on Aug 4th 2018
Thomas Kenny Ballyduff  6/8/2018
Thomas Kelly Ballinahowen9/8/2019
James Moran Ballinahowen26/8/2018
Mary Holloway Mount Temple 25/8/2018
Kathleen(Kay) Donegan S’bridge 20/9/18
James Byrnes  Kilgarvin 2/10.18
Kathleen Kelly Lakefield 6/11/2018
Jarlath Kenny Clonfad 8/11/18
Barry Quinn Shannonbridge 13/11/2018
Kieran Darcy Clonascra 4/12/18
Kathleen McNeill Bloomhill 5/12/18
*Mary L’Estrange 18/12/2018 (interred Multyfarnham)
Eileen Dunican Ferbane 3/1/19
Bernadette Devery (Endrim) 25/2/19
Seamus Whyte Athlone 27/2/19
Mary (Peg) Corrigan Banagher 8/3/19
Hubert (Louis) Darcy S’bridge 20/3/19
Paul Boland Ballinahowen 26/3/19
Margaret Kenny Ballyduff 16/4/19
Mary (Molly) Rohan Ballinahowen 16/4
Ambrose Galvin Boggah,Moate 5/6/19
Johnny Nally Shannonbridge 9/6/2019
Kathleen Turley Tuam 24/6/19
Kieran Hanniffy Shannonbridge 28/6/19
Shane Hynes  Glebe 5/7/18
William Egan Birr 9/7/2019
Annie (Birdie) Kelly 18/7/2019

This is the only parable in the New Testament in which words are attributed to God. He calls the young man ‘fool’ for his blind pursuit of wealth and possessions, without making any effort to make himself rich in the sight of God. In our world today we never had so much wealth and possessions, and yet there was never less contentment and security. We look around to see bigger houses, higher walls, security cameras, guard dogs and electric fences. Covetousness is the road to slavery! The person who does not know what is enough will never have enough. In Kenya the practice exists of removing the clothes from the dead before burying them to remind the living that we leave the world the same way we came into it. Come to think of it, we came into the world with fists clenched but we leave it with hands wide open!